Raab in Israel to reinforce ceasefire

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has landed in Israel this evening (Tuesday) to meet with officials in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Raab’s one-day visit comes days after Israel and Hamas reached a truce ending 11 days of fighting.

The British Foreign Secretary said:

“The UK welcomes the ceasefire in Israel and Gaza.

“It is crucial that all sides now focus on ensuring it can last.”

Raab has called:

“to make genuine progress towards a more positive future for both Israelis and Palestinians, and [to break the] cycle of violence that has claimed so many lives.”

The Foreign Secretary added that the UK supports a two-state solution.

Raab plans to meet with Foreign Minister Gabi Shkenazi and Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

While in Ramallah, Raab has meetings scheduled with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh and Foreign Minister Riad Al-Malki.

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